Springfield, Mass. - May 1, 2011 - The second-seeded Babson College women's lacrosse team won their fifth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday afternoon after defeating top-seeded Springfield College, 19-7, at Stagg Field.
With the victory, Babson earns the NEWMAC’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Beavers, who have now won their last seven games, improve to 10-7 on the year. Springfield, which had not lost by more than two goals all season, has its year come to a close with an 11-6 record.
The Beavers were led by the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Trisha Babson, who scored a game-high five goals to go along with seven draw controls as she controlled the "X" all afternoon. Colleen Mulligan added four goals, while both Alyssa Hood and Morgan Lockwood scored three times. Sarah Macary was especially solid in goal as she totaled 13 saves in the win.
Jackie Moscardelli scored a team-best three goals for Springfield, while adding three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Meghan Flanagan added two goals, and Meagan Dobson posted a goal and an assist in her final collegiate game. Anne Versprille was tremendous in goal for Springfield despite giving up 19 goals as she registered a career-high 18 saves.
For the game, Babson held a 41-24 advantage in shots and dominated the draw controls, winning 19 of 27 attempts. The game was called close by the officials, with Springfield racking up 43 fouls, while the Beavers were whistled for 21.
Babson raced out to a 3-0 lead just under 10 minutes into the game as Springfield was forced to burn its first timeout. Mulligan opened up the scoring with a free-position strike at 26:22, before she ripped a shot from seven yards out just off the right hip of Versprille at the 21:35 mark. The Beavers third tally came on a nice individual effort by Lockwood, who beat her defender to the inside and jammed home a shot on the crease at the 9:19 mark, forcing Springfield head coach Kristen Mullady into another timeout.
The break didn’t slow the Beavers down any as just 17 seconds later Bridget McCurdy buried a feed from Lockwood to make it a 4-0 lead. Two more unassisted markers by Trisha Babson and Lockwood gave the visitors a 6-0 lead with 17:59 to play.
Dobson finally scored Springfield’s first goal of the game as her attempt from eight yards out found the back of the cage. The Beavers then responded with three unassisted goals and a free-position marker to open up a 10-1 lead with 5:09 left in the half. Babson netted two goals in the run, while Lockwood and Hood each converted tallies.
Emily Fowler added Springfield’s second goal of the game on n free-position goal with 37 seconds left as the teams went into the half with Babson owning a 10-2 lead.
Moscardelli scored the first goal of the second half on a nice feed from Dobson to get Springfield within seven, the closest they would be for the remainder of the game. After Babson scored three of the game's next four goals over a 3:58 span, Moscardelli's unassisted marker made it 13-5 with 17:25 to play. From there it was all Babson, as five unanswered goals from five different players made it 18-5 with 9:02 on the clock. Goals from Flanagan and Moscardelli sandwiched a Taylor Kralovenec goal to make the final score 19-7.